Indians’ bullpen ransoms 100th home run ball for a ton of Apple products

Give us an Apple Watch, or the baseball get it.
Give us an Apple Watch, or the baseball get it.
Photo: Cleveland Indians/Twitter

Cleveland Indians outfielder Brandon Moss hit his 100th home run in the major leagues yesterday against the Kansas City Royals. The ball representing his career milestone landed in his own team’s bullpen, but unfortunately for Moss, his teammates are holding the it ransom. And all they want is a few grand worth of Apple products.

After catching Moss’ home run, the bullpen’s pitchers scribbled down a ransom note, telling Moss “you get the ball when we get these items.” Take a look at their list of ransom items and try to find something not made by Apple:

Baseball, guitars, food and fishing: 8 Instagrams to follow right now


Tech commuter, probably.
Tech commuter, probably.
Photo: Joe Pugliese

Regardless of what interests you have in your life, there is probably an Instagram feed for whatever your proclivities might be. Into rockabilly or baseball or even stamp collecting? You can undoubtedly find a couple of interesting photo feeds.

Since searching Instagram can be a frustrating and time-consuming endeavor, we have started to do it for you. This week we bring you feeds for baseball fans, vagabonds, parents and a couple of others.

#TBT: Why Apple events are the World Series of tech journalism



Waiting for the World Series of tech

It already seems like years ago that Apple unveiled its smartwatch. In this #TBT gallery, we relive the glory of last week's big event, as captured by award-winning sports photographer (and iPhoneography aficionado) Brad Mangin.

Security is tight

A security guard keeps a close on the crowd at Apple's iPhone 6 event.

Guarding Apple's mystery box

Everybody wants inside the giant white building Apple constructed outside the Flint Center. These guys make sure nobody gets in early.

What's that glow?

Anticipation builds before Apple's big event.

Behold, the iPhone 6

Phi Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, serves up the world's first confirmed iPhone 6 sighting.

The crown jewel

The Apple Watch boasts several innovative features, including a "digital crown" designed to ease interactions with the smartwatch's tiny screen.

Strap it on

Tim Cook shows off the Apple Watch, which will be available in three styles. A wide variety of straps, colors and faces make the smartwatch extremely customizable.


U2 closes the show

U2, a band boasting a long history of collaboration with Apple, performs to wrap up the show.

Up close and very personal

After the event, members of the media get a closer look at the Apple Watch.

The iPhone 6 is a big, big deal

I finally get my hands on an iPhone 6 Plus.

Mystery ... solved!

As the hands-on demo sessions wrap up, a few people linger inside Apple's mystery building.

CUPERTINO, California — I’m a sports photographer, not a tech blogger, so I felt out of place shooting Apple’s big iPhone 6 press event with my iPhone 5s.

Baseball is what I do — I’ve shot nine Sports Illustrated covers — but I swear it was easier getting field access to shoot a World Series game at Fenway Park than dealing with all the people and security at Apple’s event.

This thing was a free-for-all. It was crazy. The place was flooded with media types from all over the world, all standing in line to get into the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, where the event was held.